Monday, October 21, 2019 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

Nate Mouttet
Autumn 2019 enrollment update

A message from Nate Mouttet, vice president of enrollment management and marketing. The following report is based on our 10th day of the Autumn Quarter census data.

New undergraduate students

As of 10th day, we have 638 new freshmen total enrollment and 176 new transfer total students. This is compared to a goal of 725 total freshmen and 210 total transfer students. Our budget is based on new FT students equaling 922 and we are 802, which is 120 short of our budgeted goal.

Headcount Totals

2018 (Last Yr)

2019 (Current Yr)


708 (FT)/

714 (PT+FT)

634 (FT)/

638 (PT+FT)


183 (FT)/

193 (PT+FT)

168 (FT)/

176 (PT+FT)

Continuing undergraduate students

The retention of our continuing freshmen and transfer cohorts from fall 2018 are 27 and 15 full-time students higher than projected. The remaining category of “continuing all other” are 41 lower than projected. So we are 11 lower than our budget projections for continuing students.

We also have 15 (FT) post-baccalaureate student registrations, which is 2 more than the 13 we had projected.

Headcount Totals

2018 (Last Yr)

2019 (Current Yr)

Continuing FR

511 (FT)/

513 (PT+FT)

581 (FT)/

583 (PT+FT)

Continuing TR

159 (FT)/

163 (PT+FT)

201 (FT)/

208 (PT+FT)

Continuing All Other

1,219 (FT)/

1,278 (PT+FT)

1,051 (FT)/

1,104 (PT+FT)


17 (FT)/

24 (PT+FT)

15 (FT)/

21 (PT+FT)


0 (FT)/

15 (PT+FT)

1 (FT)/

8 (PT+FT)

Across all of these categories our budget expectations are for part-time students to account for 633 credits hours and we currently stand at 640 registered credit hours.

Headcount Totals

2018 (Last Yr)

2019 (Current Yr)

FT Headcount (Budget)



Total Headcount (PT+FT)



Graduate students

We had set an overall budget projection for our graduate programs at 6,421 credits and with 6,434 credits we have 13 credits over our budget goals as of 10th day.

Category Totals

2018 (Last Yr)

2019 (Current Yr)







Total university enrollment

Category Totals

2018 (Last Yr)

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SPU Flame
Enrollment open house Thursday, October 24

On Thursday, October 24, at 3 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room (Upper Gwinn), Nate Mouttet and the Office of Enrollment Management and Marketing will host an Enrollment Town Hall meeting. This will be an opportunity for any staff and faculty to come and ask questions about national, regional, and SPU enrollment trends for both undergraduate and graduate students. We will also provide an overview of the strategies we have in place and ways to be involved in the efforts.

One of SPU’s enrollment strategies are undergraduate visit events called Falcon Friday. Immediately after the town hall, the third Falcon Friday in October will take place in Upper Gwinn. Faculty and staff are encouraged to meet and greet campus guests and have a conversation with a family visiting SPU after the town hall.

Please make plans to join this important conversation about the urgency and opportunity to recruit great students to SPU.

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News & Nachos series for Autumn Quarter

The History Department is hosting a brownbag series titled “News & Nachos.” Move past sound bites and headlines for substantive conversations about current events in historical perspective. All events are on Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. in Weter 202, unless otherwise noted. Chips, salsa, and cheese dip will be served (i.e., “deconstructed nachos” on a humanities budget!)

Here are the events for Autumn Quarter. 

Thursday, October 24: “Hong Kong Protests Explained,” with faculty members Xhiguo Ye, Brad Murg, and Xu Bian. This event is co-sponsored with Asian Studies.

Thursday, October 31: Hyeyoung Woo, visiting speaker from Portland State University. “Women (and men) in Family Formation in South Korea: Current Issues and Implications.” This event is co-sponsored with Asian Studies.

Thursday, November 21: “Gun Violence and the Second Amendment, Past and Present,” with faculty members Bill Woodward, Caleb Henry, and Karen Snedker. 

First Generation Logo
Were/are you a first-generation college student?

In preparation for the upcoming national First-Generation College Celebration on November 8, Multi-Ethnic Programs is gathering stories and information from SPU faculty and staff who share this experience. Are you the first in your family to attend a 4-year university? If being a first-generation college student was/is part of your journey — and you have wisdom to share with our current first-gen students — could you complete this short First Generation Faculty and Staff Survey by 5 p.m. on November 1?

Shelter/Unshelter Art Center Sculpture
Now at the Art Center Gallery: certain/uncertain

Stop by the SPU Art Center Gallery at 3 West Cremona Street to see certain/uncertain by Alison Stigora, assistant professor of sculpture. The gallery is open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and you can use your key card to enter the building.

Swedish Breast Care Express Truck
Swedish mobile mammography coach on campus Oct. 22

Mammograms save lives when they are used to screen women for breast cancer. To help make these essential tests convenient for women in our community, SPU is hosting Swedish’s Mobile Mammography coach on Tuesday, October 22. Schedule your appointment by going to Swedish Breast Center online scheduler. The coach will be across from Tiffany Loop on Third Avenue West. Please bring the breast history form from the online scheduling link and your insurance card and photo ID. For general questions about this event, contact Cherylin Shdo, human resources benefits specialist, at For mammography results or to make a follow-up diagnostic appointment, call the Breast Center at 206-215-8100.

Address Inequities in Education
"Addressing Inequities in Education" event

The SPU School of Education, John Perkins Center, and the student Future Educators Club are hosting a special event to look at the language of equity and social justice and their implications for classrooms today, including the importance of culturally responsive teaching. "Addressing Inequities in Education (K-12)" will be held Wednesday, October 23, 7–8:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. 

Join an interactive dialogue led by Kianee Lee, assistant principal at Lincoln High School and educator in Culturally Responsive Teaching will explore ways to empower students who are historically marginalized. Lee is a dynamic speaker and advocate for students facing prejudice, implicit bias, discrimination, and types of oppression. Admission is free, but an RSVP is appreciated.

Stem 2019
October 24: 2019 STEM Mega Meet-Up (Career Fair)

Encourage students to attend the 2019 STEM Mega Meet-Up on Thursday, October 24, 2:30–5 p.m., in Eaton and Otto Miller halls. This casual gathering of employers in science, technology, engineering, and math is part career fair, part networking event. Students will meet professionals (including SPU alumni), learn about the work they do, and possibly find a job or internship. All students in all majors are welcome!

Chad Cohen
October 28: SBGE Dean’s Speaker Series welcomes Adaptive Biotechnologies CFO Chad Cohen

The Center for Applied Learning presents the first installment of the School of Business, Government, and Economics Dean’s Speaker Series for the 2019–20 academic year. Chad Cohen, CFO of Adaptive Biotechnologies, will speak on Monday, October 28, at 9:30 a.m. in Ames Library Seminar Room. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to come learn from a leader in the field. Please RSVP to as space is limited.

Staff Council
October 31: Staff Council’s Fall Forum

Staff Council invites you to our fall forum on Thursday, October 31, in Otto Miller Hall 127, 12–1:15 p.m. Led by Lisa Ishihara, university chaplain; Celeste Cranston, director of the Center for Biblical and Theological Education; and Kara Gray, assistant professor of physics, the forum will echo Faculty Retreat’s spiritual formation theme, and be an opportunity to reflect on faith-deepening spiritual practices for personal and community growth. Feel free to bring your lunch, as light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Parents and families in the loop
October 2019 In the Loop parents e-newsletter

Nearly 3,000 SPU parents and families received the October In the Loop parents’ e-newsletter, which let them know about the new Student Resource Hub website, introduced them to a young alum who used the Mentor Program, and more.

First Gen Sticker
November 8: First-generation college student celebration

Please save the date, Friday, November 8, for SPU’s First-Generation College Celebration. This cross-departmental collaboration will celebrate and affirm our first-generation students. Look for more details in future Faculty/Staff Bulletins.

Camp Casey
Camp Casey Faculty/Staff House requests due October 31

Winter/Spring reservation requests are now being taken for Faculty/Staff House at the Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island. The dates of stay are January 6 through June 15, 2020. Reservation requests are due by October 31, 2019. These requests are selected by lottery and are not affected by summer stays at Casey. Visit this online reservation system to request a reservation. If you have questions, contact Camp Casey at 866-661-6604 or

shepard chiropractic clinic logo
Free chiropractic stress scan/evaluation October 29

SPU Athletics, in partnership with Shepherd Family Chiropractic, is offering all faculty and staff members a FREE stress scan event on Tuesday, October 29, from 1–2:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham’s Falcon Club. No appointment needed; just drop in. Coffee and cookies will be provided. A 10-minute scan will measure muscle tension and identify where you are holding your stress. Scans are non-invasive, painless, and informative. Dr. Shepherd will pinpoint areas of imbalance and provide the proper course of action. Visit the Shepherd Family Chiropractic online for more information. Questions about the event can be directed to Stefanie at

Sacred Sounds of Christmas
Celebrating 20 Years! Tickets on Sale Now for Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Featuring the best of sacred Advent music and Christmas carols from around the world, performed by the Music Department’s nationally recognized student and faculty musicians, the 20th annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas will be held in downtown Seattle’s majestic Benaroya Hall on Sunday, November 24, at 7 p.m. This concert always sells out, so purchase your tickets soon.

Thursday deadline
Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published every Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) during the academic year. If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity. The next deadline is Thursday, October 24. The Bulletin will be published on Monday, October 28.

Faculty & Staff News

Brian Bantum
October 29: Thank You Reception for Brian Bantum

Please join the School of Theology in expressing our thanks and appreciation for Associate Professor of Theology Brian Bantum on Tuesday, October 29, 3–4:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room. After 10 years at SPU, he has accepted an endowed chair at Garrett Evangelical Theological School in Evanston, Illinois. This thank you reception is a come-and-go event with a short program around 3:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

heather eide
Eide to sing at Carnegie Hall

Heather Eide, manager of transportation in Safety and Security, has been asked to perform with an international choir and symphony orchestra on Easter Sunday 2020 at the renowned Carnegie Hall. She and a 125-member choir will sing Mozart’s “Vesperae Solennes de Confessore,” with a large symphony orchestra. Heather is a vocal music performance graduate from Texas Woman’s University, and will accomplish this lifelong dream April 12, 2020. Congratulations, Heather!

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Hughes, Vaičekonis release new recording

Chérie Hughes, assistant professor of music and head of vocal studies, and Dainius Vaičekonis, assistant professor of music and head of keyboard studies, released a recording this summer on the Common Tone Records label titled Poesía en Una Canción. This collection of art songs for voice and piano from Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, and Puerto Rico is available at Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, YouTube, as well as through your favorite streaming services.

Mischa Willet
Willett gives presentation

Mischa Willett, instructor of writing, presented a paper titled “An Element of Egotism: Taking the Self Out of the Sublime in Late Romanticism” at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) conference in Chicago.

Bill Woodward
October 23: Woodward to lead talk-back session at Taproot Theatre

Professor Emeritus of History Bill Woodward’s active outside speaking schedule continues this Wednesday, October 23, at Taproot Theatre Company. For a second time (the first was October 2) he will lead a talk-back session following the production of Necessary Sacrifices, a play that reconstructs two White House conversations between President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Dating back to June, Bill has preached, spoken to several organizations, led a tour of Fort Casey for locals, and helped shaped a PhD dissertation prospectus.

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Welcome, Kate Carlson

Please join the Office of Human Resources in welcoming Kate Carlson, assistant coach for Track & Field/Cross Country in Athletics.

Alexander Hall
New staff appointment

The Office of Human Resources would like to congratulate Levi Clum, program coordinator, Biology, Chemistry Pre-professional Health Science programs, on his new appointment.

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